instill

Parents work hard to develop, or instill, positive beliefs and values in their children. Interestingly, there's no corresponding word for when parents pass down their bad habits.

Instill comes from the Latin verb stillare, meaning "to drip." For some people, this word provides an apt metaphor for the way that parents and teachers cultivate understanding in young learners, patiently introducing wisdom "drop by drop." (Of course, for others, instill conjures up the image of a persistently dripping faucet that just won't be quiet.)

Definitions of instill
1

v impart gradually

“Her presence instilled faith into the children”
Synonyms:
transfuse
Types:
breathe
impart as if by breathing
Type of:
add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart, lend
bestow a quality on

v produce or try to produce a vivid impression of

Synonyms:
impress, ingrain
Type of:
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

v teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

Synonyms:
inculcate, infuse
Types:
din
instill (into a person) by constant repetition
Type of:
drill
teach by repetition

v fill, as with a certain quality

Synonyms:
impregnate, infuse, tincture
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v enter drop by drop

instill medication into my eye”
Synonyms:
instil
Type of:
enter, infix, insert, introduce
put or introduce into something

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